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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 1:34 p.m. PST

Maybe it's me but I feel like I'm seeing a lot of sell offs of gaming kit here, on FB etc.

Besides the usual "don't play with it" I also see a lot of offers becasue of:

(a) Need the money or
(b) a new sense of perspective that it's time to let go

How about you?

I've had a bunch of little stuff hanging around that I've been meaning to get rid of, and it turns out now I have the time…

Gear Pilot04 Apr 2020 1:40 p.m. PST

No. I'm still working (from home), so I've placed a few small orders to try and help folks out.

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 1:44 p.m. PST

I'm trying to sell the same stuff from before the pandemic

Korvessa04 Apr 2020 1:51 p.m. PST

No. Though I periodically sell stuff to buy new stuff

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 2:07 p.m. PST

No. I usually don't sell stuff but I have in the past
donated to raffles or given away items to friends and
other gamers who have shown an interest.

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 2:15 p.m. PST

Not really. I started to sell off my dust collecting stuff a few month's ago. On another thought, are people noticing that those buying has dropped?


stephen m04 Apr 2020 2:16 p.m. PST

I got back into the hobby about 4 years ago and did a big consideration then purge over the time since. I still have a bunch of stuff that either no one wants or I can't decide if I do or not. But I have found myself buying too much, games, rules and additions to the lead pile. Much of it is areas I have always been interested in and the theory is new stuff should be better and I have also been buying some to relive my youth or past days!

Redcurrant04 Apr 2020 2:22 p.m. PST

No, I am not selling anything.

I have been placing small orders with various companies to pad out some armies.

Give me another 10 years (if I am that lucky) and I might start to sell off stuff that I either bought on impulse or doubt that I will ever get round to having it painted or use.

I have been obeying the government advice and staying in as much as possible, so have been getting hundreds of models ready for painting. The lead pile diminishes slowly.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 2:23 p.m. PST

No change here.
Just the usual purge of items I have or find when I'm looking for something else.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 2:40 p.m. PST

I retired 4+ years ago and realized how much stuff I'd accumulated when I had it all under one roof and more or less sorted out. Been selling off since Cold Wars 2016, and I need at least another six flea markets to finish. Going to be trickier now that HMGS-east has removed itself from the equation.

There are still purchases, but they're (mostly) according to a plan to fill in gaps in the "keeper" forces.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 2:43 p.m. PST

I'm always selling things. Mostly because as a primarily solo gamer, I realize I have money invested in things I will never use.

HMS Exeter04 Apr 2020 3:04 p.m. PST

I have, for several years, been selling off stuff I no longer want. Initially it was my 1200 scale WWII ships. Then it was my 25mm fantasy.

I have been on hiatus since early March as I didnt want to be busy mailing stuff in the run up to Cold Wars. I've held off resuming as the Post Office strikes me as a pretty chancy locale to be visiting just now.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 3:06 p.m. PST

Tangentially to quarantine.

A little extra time allowed me to realize that as I convert and paint more and more stuff, I have started to get less and less of it on the table.

So I am selling a little more than before. Maybe. Ish.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 3:10 p.m. PST

I need to sell some off so I can buy more

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Apr 2020 3:13 p.m. PST

I feel a purge coming on soon. But I'm also reviewing projects for 'complete items', I just received some ACW guns and crew, enough to have me field both sides for Gettysburg with Fire and Fury

That and a chance to re-box and re-label stuff

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Apr 2020 3:53 p.m. PST

People got nothing else to do, so getting around to selling off their surplus?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 4:03 p.m. PST

Not selling off stuff but have been giving stuff away

Not related to working from home, more the move we did last summer and revising what I have and what I don't need – so I am painting up some of it ('cause I loves to paint) and giving it to buddies

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 4:07 p.m. PST

A few years ago, I sold a lot of stuff through eBay. The time involved in photographing, posting, responding, packaging, and mailing made it work out to about $7 USD per hour, so I'm not particularly motivated.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 4:34 p.m. PST

I'm thinking of selling off my 7 different SAGA factions.

When Saga published version 2 everyone around here refused to buy the new set.

Now NO ONE plays Saga within 50 miles of me. I've not played a game with any of the locals in way over a year.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 4:34 p.m. PST

Oberlindes, that's exactly why I use flea markets. The buyer sees exactly what he's getting, and taking it home is his problem. If I don't make a lot, I make something, I meet a lot of people, and the garage is slowly emptying.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Apr 2020 4:49 p.m. PST

I have a lot of stuff I would sell but don't have the umph needed to get it started.

Striker04 Apr 2020 6:25 p.m. PST

At the end of last year I was committing to not buying more and to start thinking about stuff to dump. The dump stage is deliberately slow to make sure I want it gone so I haven't had sales posts yet.

haywire04 Apr 2020 6:54 p.m. PST

Feb and March are usually when I re-sort, inventory, and then clear stuff I don't need out.

There is a facebook group for model kits that I have had some good success with. They'll take kits that are halfway built.

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 7:06 p.m. PST

Been steadily selling off surplus armies since Christmas. First time I've ever purged (and it's a little unsettling), but it's all going to new toys!

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 7:24 p.m. PST

I started selling off extra stuff months ago, as I wade through it. Shifting priorities and not needing all of what I originally purchased, as I nail down rules I'll be using etc.

gamershs04 Apr 2020 7:31 p.m. PST

My friend died four years ago and I doubled my collections. For about 2 years have been selling off figures that have not been touched in over 30 years so I don't see it as a loss.

Syrinx004 Apr 2020 8:25 p.m. PST

I have accelerated the culling of my collection as I have had a lot time to review it lately. That said, its hardly a significant portion of what I have.

I have started to think about how much stuff the family has in this house as I am heading into retirement and a possible downsizing.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 8:44 p.m. PST

I should be selling stuff I will never play with again. But no market for it.

Lascaris04 Apr 2020 9:22 p.m. PST

Nope. I never sell anything. I figure I'll get around to it eventually…or I won't :)

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut04 Apr 2020 10:33 p.m. PST

I figure we're all going to die soon. And whoever dies with the most toys wins. So I'm keeping mine.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 2:26 a.m. PST

I've been downsizing my lead/plastic pile for over a year & continue to do so. Just getting to that point in my life.

FusilierDan05 Apr 2020 4:20 a.m. PST

I purged my collection several years ago. Now I'm trying to organize it so if my heirs want to try and sell some or keep certain things it won't be a major problem. I have started several new projects since the big purge but have been better organized in my purchases for those and established a cap on what's needed. So far there's an 80% success rate on that front.

myxemail05 Apr 2020 4:57 a.m. PST

Five years ago I sold off the contents of two cardboard boxes holding my old, unpainted fantasy figures. I was in the midst of a four month strike from the phone company. I needed the money.
The figures were mostly Ral Partha, Grenadier, and Heritage from the '70s and early '80s. They were still in the blister packs for the most part. Even with the time photographing and posting to eBay, I still made great money. My estimate is that I made over $20 USD per hour.
I think that maybe those figures were worth more in the original packaging, than if I had painted and mounted them.


Jeffers05 Apr 2020 5:40 a.m. PST

I started a couple of years ago after leaving a particularly fractious group. All the stuff I had for other people's projects went first, then I took a long hard look at what I had left. I decided to keep anything related to my formative wargaming years and drop the rest.

I also sold off models I purchased because I had them when I was young. I realised, after making a few, that the old magic of a dad-made kit wasn't there, so sold off anything that didn't have a gaming use.

Even after all that, I've a ton of stuff left!

Skeptic05 Apr 2020 6:52 a.m. PST

I would sell stuff; but not during the pandemic. Social distancing directives would hinder local sales, and I'd prefer not to risk frequent and/or long visits to the post office.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 9:22 a.m. PST

Based on Extra Crispy's original post my answer is "Yes" and "all of the above".

The cruel irony of returning from Cold Wars and being indefinitely furloughed the following day is not lost on me. Spend a bunch of money, hobby enthusiasm invigorated, and bam! No income.

Putting a positive spin on the situation, I'm not selling anything I want to keep. The lockdown is giving me time to divest of things I genuinely don't need. People who do want them are getting good deals. A portion of my gains I can use to support dealers and manufacturers, especially those hit hard by lost convention sales.

Grelber05 Apr 2020 2:45 p.m. PST

Yes, I retired a year ago, and I've started going through things, trying to sell them off. I have a bunch of unpainted 20mm Spanish Civil War figures, and haven't painted any new onesm in twenty years: I think the unpainted figures need to go, though I'll probably keep the painted ones for a while. My wife would like me to get rid of 18 linear feet of books, and I've started going through them. With the pandemic, I don't see much chance of selling them off any time soon.

Yes, of course, any money I make will be plowed back in to current projects!


wargamingUSA05 Apr 2020 3:50 p.m. PST

After my last move, and hopefully the last ever, I decided to actually get focused and also to forego additional forces in some of my chosen conflicts. The result, I have quite a lot of stuff that I'm looking to sell or swap for things I'll use in the confilicts/scenarios I've decided to stick with. Now just need to get about it!

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 6:56 p.m. PST

@robert piepenbrink

Thanks for the thought on flea markets. Maybe when conventions get going again, I'll try that. Certainly I've had great luck buying stuff at flea markets!

custosarmorum Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 7:46 p.m. PST

As I approached sixty a couple years ago, I decided to start reducing my collection to things I might actually put on the tabletop in the near term. And so I further decided to start selling off projects that I would never get around to starting, let alone completing or figures I simply could not see myself using in the next few years.

While I have still been buying new things (miniatures, terrain, etc.), especially for projects I have underway, I have mostly been putting a good bit of my hobby budget (including the proceeds of any sales) into a couple of painting services to supplement my meager painting output.

RudyNelson05 Apr 2020 9:09 p.m. PST

About 25 years ago, I started selling off my 15mm miniatures. Needing the money was a major reason.

Fat Wally09 Apr 2020 12:39 p.m. PST

I've always sold stuff. Originally it was to help fund new projects after I got bored. Nowdays I usually sell off due to storage issues and lack of interest or change in direction.

Over the last 20 years particularly I've sold off Pirates, Vietnam, Ancients, Renaissance, Napoleonics, Colonial and Spanish Civil War, and most of my WW2 plus almost 300 buildings. All in 15mm.

Also sold off my 6mm Napoleonics and 10mm ECW.

Still got ECW, SYW, AWI, ACW some WW2 plus 1/600th WW2 planes and 144th WW1 planes and 1/600th Pirate and Merchant Fleets.

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